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The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security. The foundation's work is built on a belief that greater international cooperation will improve global governance and enhance global citizenship. The organization values its Midwestern roots and family heritage as well as its role as a nonpartisan, private operating foundation.

The Stanley Foundation does not make grants.

Vision
The Stanley Foundation seeks a secure peace with freedom and justice, built on global citizenship and effective global governance.

Mission
The Stanley Foundation advances multilateral action to create fair, just, and lasting solutions to critical issues of peace and security.

Core Values
Core Values are statements that convey important philosophies of the foundation and are used in concert with the Vision and Mission statements to guide the foundation in decision making.

About Our Vision

  • All people have inherent dignity, value, and ability to contribute to building a sustainable future.
  • All people deserve a world at peace where the causes of conflict are addressed and disputes are resolved without recourse to violence.
  • We value and encourage a constructive US multilateral role.
  • We recognize the essential roles of both the policy community and civil society in building sustainable peace.

About the Foundation

  • We consider our staff and governance members our greatest assets and maintain a constructive and collaborative work environment.
  • We value our heritage and future as a family foundation and nurture sustained family involvement.
  • We value our ongoing role as a private operating foundation.
  • We value our Midwest location and the perspective it brings to our work.
  • We value our relationships with a wide range of allies to promote cooperative approaches and multilateral solutions.
  • We model global citizenship in our local community.

About Our Work

  • Advocacy is a core part of our programming—building support for specific outcomes that we expect to advance our vision and mission.
  • We are pragmatic, flexible, and opportunity driven.
  • We risk failure in order to be effective.
  • We maintain a long-term, independent perspective.

We are nonpartisan, and our forums are respectful of all voices.

Our Work
The foundation's current work includes specific actions toward policy change in the issue areas of nuclear policy, mass violence and atrocities, and climate change. We also support educational efforts in our community through our Community Partnerships programming. Previous initiatives of the foundation can be seen here.

HIGHLIGHTS
2017 International Women Authors Event 2017 International Women Authors Event
Pulitzer Prize finalist Laila Lalami, author of “The Moor’s Account,” will be the featured speaker at the 2017 International Women Authors event on November 9 in Rock Island, Illinois.

Courier Courier
As summer winds down, take a look at the new issue of Courier from the Stanley Foundation. The Summer 2017 issue delves into topics including the transition away from coal in Germany, the increased role of cities in global governance, and the crisis in Venezuela. Also in this issue, read about the increased capabilities of 3D printing, and oversight over emerging technologies. Summer 2017 PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.

Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences Stanley Foundation Annual Conferences
The Stanley Foundation holds two annual conferences, UN Issues and the Strategy for Peace Conference. These bring together experts from the public and private sectors to meet in a distraction-free setting and candidly exchange ideas on pressing foreign policy challenges.

Divided into roundtable talks, the cutting-edge discussions are intended to inspire group consensus and shared recommendations to push forward the debate on the foundation’s key policy areas.


A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia A Climate for Conflict: Stories from Somalia
The Ground Truth Project, New America, and the Stanley Foundation are hosting a Screening of “A Climate for Conflict” and discussion with the creators followed by a panel discussion on Climate Security and Societal Resilience on May 30, 2017.

Somalia today is at a crossroads between a deepening crisis and a path to stability. Photographer and filmmaker Nichole Sobecki and writer Laura Heaton spent 18 months documenting personal stories of Somalia, creating a film, photography, and reporting that vividly illustrate the human consequences and security risks of a changing climate. Read more.

Follow the conversation online with #AClimateforConflict.


Stanley Foundation at 60
On December 12, 1956, the Stanley Foundation was certified as a nonprofit corporation in the state of Iowa, bringing to life an organization dedicated to creating a world in which there is a secure peace with freedom and justice. Sixty years later, the organization continues to pursue and advance that vision as a thriving nonpartisan operating foundation. Moreover, it remains an organization with a professional staff and the involvement of family members who have an ongoing role in shaping its strategy and core values. More.

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The Stanley Foundation publishes policy briefs, analytical articles, and reports on a number of international issues. To reduce our carbon footprint and cut waste, we almost exclusively, use electronic distribution for our publications. Sign up to receive our resources via e-mail.

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Watch and Learn Watch and Learn
Stanley Foundation events, talks, video reports, and segments from our Now Showing event-in-a-box series can now be viewed on YouTube. To receive regular updates on our video posts, please subscribe today.